Lamar Jackson isn’t just setting records on real football fields.
He’s setting them on virtual ones, too.
The Ravens dual-threat star and MVP front-runner will achieve a 96 speed rating when Madden updates its player ratings later this week. That’s the fastest ever for a quarterback.
Michael Vick, who held the previous record of 95, announced the “changing of the guard” on Twitter on Tuesday, and the “Madden NFL 20” Twitter account confirmed later.
“From one Madden legend to the next. @Lj_era8 takes the crown as the fastest QB in Madden history!” the tweet said.
In his post, Vick called it an “honor and privilege to be able to hand something off to the next generation.” He then showed a Nike cleat with the words “Not bad for a RB” inscribed below a Ravens purple swoosh.
Critics questioned whether Jackson had the throwing accuracy to play quarterback in the NFL, but he has quieted those skeptics, famously saying after the Ravens’ 59-10 Week 1 blowout of the Dolphins: “Not bad for a running back.”
“Now they’re eating their words,” he said. “Lamar’s the modern-day, new-era quarterback. And well deserving of it.
“The changing of the guard is all good, man. All records are made to be broken. The next generation are supposed to better than us. Got to give credit where credit is due. I say, it’s your turn now.”
Madden typically updates its player ratings on Thursdays, based on the previous weekend’s games. Jackson’s update will come after the NFL MVP front-runner set several records in a Monday night thrashing of the Rams in Los Angeles. Among his marks:
First player with five touchdown passes in a Monday Night Football debut, according to the Elias Sports Bureau
Youngest player (22 years old) with multiple five-touchdown-pass games in NFL history
First player in NFL history with four touchdown passes and at least 50 yards rushing in consecutive games
First player with at least 3,000 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in his first two seasons in NFL history